Bronze tankard handle

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From Carlingwark Loch, Kirkcudbrightshire

Postcard of Bronze tankard handle.
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Bronze tankard handle

This bronze tankard handle is part of a hoard of native and Roman tools and high quality craftwork. The hoard was deposited in Carlingwark Loch in Kirkcudbrightshire sometime between 80 and 200 AD.

The handle is decorated with bosses in the centre. The two ends where it met the tankard body are in the shape of a big-eared, wide-eyed animal. It probably would have attached to the tankard by rivets through the eyes. There are no signs of wear.

The Carlingwark hoard contained tools, a few weapons, most deliberately broken, some high quality native craftwork, such as this handle, and a few Roman objects. It was placed in a bronze cauldron, then cast into the loch as a gift to the gods.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-874-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DW 80
Date: Between 80 and 200 AD
Material: Copper alloy
What: Handle
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Carlingwark Loch
Description: Copper alloy handle from Carlingwark Loch
  • Stevenson, Robert B.K. Metal-work and some other objects in Scotland and their cultural affinities. In: Rivet, A.L.F. The Iron Age in northern Britain. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1966, p. 25. 
  • Piggott, S. Three metalwork hoards of the Roman period. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 87 (1952-3), 1-50.
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